Master's in Development Practice (MDP)

The Master's in Development Practice (MDP) program brings together talented students and faculty who have dedicated themselves to reducing the grinding impacts of global poverty and defining the pathways to enhance well-being for the under-resourced and socially excluded.

Consistent with the philosophy of the MDP network, the Arizona curriculum consists of four cornerstone competency areas:

  • Public health
  • Management
  • Social sciences
  • Natural sciences

It adds integrating skill courses and possible elective certificate tracks that offer students an area of specialization that include:

  • Collaborative Governance
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Public Health

This approach of foundational knowledge and applied practice ensures that graduates are ready to make meaningful contributions in the field of development practice. 

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We do accept Peace Corps Fellows, the deadline for RPCV's is January 15th, 2015

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Download the MDP brochure here


To explore a map of the sites where MDP students have conducted their field practicum, please go HERE

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Here at the University of Arizona we take pride in offering the most affordable Master’s in Development Practice program in the nation. Your generous gift today will allow us to continue training the next generation of development practitioners dedicated to eradicating global poverty. Specifically, your contribution will help support MDP students complete their summer field practicum. For 8-12 weeks each summer, MDP students travel to locations throughout the world to engage directly in a development practice activity under the mentorship of professionals working in the field. This practicum offers invaluable hands-on experience for our students. Your donation will allow us to continue to attract the highest quality students and provide them with the critical support they need to become highly skilled practitioners in defining sustainable and socially-just pathways to development. Thank you!

Contact Information

Master's in Development Practice (MDP) Program
School of Geography and Development

(520) 621-1652 Phone
(520) 621-2889 Fax

PO Box 210076
Tucson, AZ  85721

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